According to a new entry on Bart Hubbuch’s Mets blog for the NY Post, Mets minor league players were not the only ones subjected to the mad ravings of Mets VP Tony Bernazard. Bart Hubbuch writes,
It turns out that ripping his shirt off and challenging minor-league players to fight him isn’t even Tony Bernazard’s most recent incident of outrageous, hot-headed conduct.
New York Mets All-Star closer Frankie Rodriguez confirmed this afternoon that he exchanged words on the team bus last week in Atlanta with Bernazard, the club’s embattled vice president of player development.
“Yeah [it happened], but I’m not going to talk about that,” Rodriguez told The Post before tonight’s game here with the Nationals. “Not going to get into it.”
Another player, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post today: “That guy [Bernazard] is crazy. No one like[s] him.”
The hits just keep on coming.
This evening while meeting with reporters, Omar Minaya sounded like a broken record when he answered about seven questions about his hand picked assistant, with the same canned answer. “We take these allegations seriously and we will investigate these reports.”
David Lennon was a guest on SNY’s Wheelhouse after Minaya’s presser and he believes that Bernazard will not be fired for this incident. Hubbuch also said as much in his report adding,
“several team sources are that Bernazard, who is tight with Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, will not be fired.”
Minaya did say that Bernazard is now at home in New Jersey, but it didn’t sound like it was for disciplinary reasons or because of anything regarding all of the incidents..
I believe it was Brandon Tierney of SNY’s Daily News Live, who asked a great question.
Why is the guy who is supposed to be running the minor leagues, spending such an unusual and extraordinary amount of time with the major league team?